For the second day in a row, the seven-day rolling average of added COVID-19 cases rose in the Northeast Health District on Friday while the seven-day rolling average of added confirmed deaths from the disease declined.
The Department of Public Health listed two new confirmed deaths on the District in the Friday Daily Status Report, resulting in a drop in the rolling average to 1.1 deaths per day from 1.3 deaths per day on Thursday.
The deaths were of a 76-year-old female in Clarke County without a chronic condition and a 78-year-old male in Walton County, also without a chronic condition.
The deaths bring to 136 the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Clarke County and to 234 the number in Walton County.
Across the 10-county District, the Department of Public Health listed 909 deaths from COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic in February of 2020.
The Department of Public Health also listed one new “probable” death from COVID-19 in Friday’s Report. That “probable” death was in Barrow County, bringing to three the number of such deaths in that county and to 88 the number in the district.
The Department of Public Health does not list characteristics of the “probable” deaths from the coronavirus.
Cases, Hospital Report, Vaccines
With the addition of 91 new case in the Friday Daily Status Report, the seven-day rolling average of added cases in the Northeast Heath District increased to 59.0 from 55.4 on Thursday.
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That average had dropped to 52.9 on Wednesday before increasing on Thursday and again on Friday. The number had fallen to 48.4 on April 11 before turning back up, dropping again, and now turning back up.
Oconee County added five cases and Clarke County added 20.
The seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 3.7 added cases per day in Oconee County from 3.3 on Thursday, while the average increased to 12.7 in Clarke County from 11.6 on Thursday.
The Department of Community Health did not release its usual Long-Term Care Facility Report on Friday. No explanation was offered.
Oconee County Schools, in Friday’s COVID-19 Status Report, reported three Active COVID-19 Cases, up from two a week earlier, and eight Active Quarantines Due to Close Contact, the same as last Friday.
The school system does not provide any information on the active cases or quarantines.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients at area hospitals (37) decreased by three from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (59) decreased by three from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (31) decreased by six from the day before.
The Department of Public Health released data on Friday showing that 17.6 percent of the population of the Northeast Health District is now fully vaccinated.
The figure had been 17.4 percent on Thursday.
The District is not keeping up with the state, which has 21.5 percent of the population vaccinated, meaning that the District is behind the state in vaccinations by 3.9 percentage points.
On Thursday, the District had been behind the state by 3.5 percentage points.
In Oconee County, 26.8 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, while in Clarke County that figure is 19.4 percent.
These percentages are based on the population figures given by the Department of Public Health in the Daily Status Report.
The State Vaccine Distribution Dashboard reports higher percentages for the 10 counties in the Northeast Health District (it does not report the data for the District itself) by using lower estimates of the population sizes.
Across the state, the Department of Public Health added 1,993 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added cases increased to 1,502.6 from 1,472.6 on Thursday.
The Daily Status Report added 34 confirmed COVID-19 deaths across the state on Friday, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dropped to 23.7 from 26.1 on Thursday.
Fourteen of the added 34 deaths occurred in the last 14 days, and the seven-day rolling average of added deaths dated by day of occurrence decreased on Friday from Thursday.
The Daily Status Report eliminated one death from the Department of Public Health archives.
The Department of Public Health added nine “probable” deaths from COVID-19 in Friday’s Daily Status Report, and the seven-day rolling average of added “probable” deaths was 6.0, up from 5.6 on Thursday.
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) reported on Friday that the number of COVID-19 patients (1,205) at the state’s hospitals decreased from the day before, the number of ICU beds in use (2,360) decreased from the day before, and the number of adult ventilators in use (1,038) decreased from the day before.
The Department of Public Health on Friday reported data indicating that 21.5 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, though the Vaccine Distribution Dashboard lists the percent fully vaccinated at a rounded 22 percent.
Across the state, 5,685,404 doses of the vaccine have been administered, representing 85.1 percent of the doses shipped to the state. The state received an additional 447,140 new doses of the vaccine reflected in the Friday dashboard.
Johnson and Johnson has shipped 311,300 doses, but the Department of Public Health has not reported how many of those doses were administered before the hold was placed on the vaccine.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists the percentage in Georgia that is fully vaccinated as 21.3.
Georgia has moved ahead of Alabama, which, at 21.1 percent, is the state with the lowest percentage of its population fully vaccinated.
The charts below show the seven-day rolling average of the addition of COVID-19 molecular and antigen cases combined for the Northeast Health District and for the state of Georgia since Nov. 3, when the state first began reporting antigen test results.
The data in the charts come from the Department of Public Health Daily Status Report and have been updated for the 2:50 p.m. Report on Friday.
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